Category Archives: Restaurants

Iorio, a Star in Heaven

Stars cross when elegant, handmade pasta dishes arise out of thoughtful, committed product sourcing.  Such a galaxy exists under the name of Iorio in Portland’s SE. Attention must be paid to the model of simple, home-style quality that is Iorio’s hallmark.  … Continue reading

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A Second Helping of Success: Taqueria Neuve

When a re-invented success story shows up as terrific service and great food, I’m all in.  So it is with Taqueria Neuve in the SE Industrial District. T9 re-established itself in 2014 to the delight of many dedicated Portlanders who were … Continue reading

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Culinary and Landscape Dazzle

Portland to Cincinnati.  My fascination with observing the curvature of the Earth and the detail of the landscape from 31,000 feet has never diminished.  It’s such a privilege to be reminded of the beauty of the world we live in, … Continue reading

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The Zen of Lavomatic

Q: When are something old and something new the same thing?  A: When you have dinner at a restaurant with a Laundromat in its history.  A riddle?  A Zen koan? It’s Lavomatic Cafe in the Over-the-Rhine (OTR), a well-known hangout for locals … Continue reading

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Is it a Stock Pot or a Pot Sticker?

Thanksgiving Eve, and not a creature was stirring.  Wait, wrong holiday.  Creatures were stirring the pot for tomorrow’s feast; however, the memory of a recent Asian meal lingers long… Asian Paradise is an apt descriptor, and I can’t wait to … Continue reading

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Precision is a Feature of Authentic Expression

Charlie Trotter’s death this past week at age 54 and at the literal peak of his career is deep food for reflection. So much has been written and so many awards have been presented to Charlie Trotter’s and to him … Continue reading

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Loving Lebanese

Decades ago Lebanese food was a revelation to me.  Hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, the Lebanese flat pita bread and baklava.  I immediately learned to love the middle eastern core ingredients: olive oil, lemon, garlic, tahini, feta, … Continue reading

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